the moonlight flips and flits over the cracks
of the pavement. right leg, left leg, tiny
hop in your step. watch your shadow swallow
soft light with every stride. crickets
chirp in bushes and cicadas whistle
above to usher you up
one block, past another, wait at the light.
breeze sends the smell of gasoline
and the sea from a few sidewalks behind.
eyes open wide, breathe in the passing night.